Welcome to the Children & Adolescent Clinic
Children and their families can encounter a whole range of behavioural and emotional problems for which professional support can help.
At Hampshire & Surrey Psychology Children’s clinic we recognise that childhood and adolescence may not always be easy for young people or their families. When difficulties do arise it may be that they, and you, need a little extra help to get through. If your child or teenagers difficulties start interfering with their life, or with family life, professional help can make all the difference.
We provide a high quality assessment, counselling and therapy service to assist in easing psychological distress and promoting emotional well-being in children ranging from preschool to late teens/young adult and their families. We work in a collaborative manner, working with families to gain a full understanding of the difficulties and determine the most effective way forward. This may involve one-to-one sessions with children or young people; sessions where parents attend with their child/children; family sessions; or group sessions where young people or families with similar concerns work together to find solutions.
Our approach is flexible and adapted to the needs of the individual or family.
Who We Can Help
How We Help
Psychologists always carry out a thorough assessment of the problem first with you and your child, this is usually one session but may be several, depending on the severity and complexity of the issues. Before we can begin any therapy, we need to find out how the problem started (there might be several interacting causes) and what combination of factors now are helpful or unhelpful or that might be helping to maintain the problem. This understanding will be shared and discussed with you and with your child (as appropriate for their age and stage of development). If a diagnosis is appropriate then this would be explained and discussed with you too.
Once we understand the problem, we can then map out and advise on a programme of therapy that is going to be most effective for you. It's of primary importance that we work collaboratively, that you and your child build a comfortable and trusting relationship with your psychologist and that you are able to ask any questions of us and provide feedback.
Clinical Psychology training is broad based and lengthy (6-7 years), so that, in addition to expert assessment, psychotherapy and counselling skills we are also trained to use and adapt a wide range of effective therapeutic approaches to the needs of you and your child. Some of these are below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
Who We Are
Talk To Us
How do I make an appointment?
The first step is to call us on 01420 540274 or fill in the form below. We always try to respond to contact form messages within the day.
Our helpful and friendly practice administration staff will ask you some initial questions about what you would like help with and which location or locations you could come to. They will also talk with you about which of our psychologists will be most appropriate and their availability.
Once you have decided who you’d like to see we will arrange a suitable time for you to talk to each other. Ideally this will be within a day or two. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions or address concerns that you may have before making an appointment.
We know that it is not always easy to get to the point of making the decision to contact someone for help. Louisa and Janet are there to help you through the process of finding the right person to speak to.
You will be asked for some personal details during this process. All information shared with us will always be treated in the strictest confidence. Needless to say, all our people are registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) under the Data Protection Act (1998).
What happens next?The initial assessment appointment.
The next step is to meet with your Psychologist or Psychotherapist for an initial consultation or assessment. You should usually allow around an hour to an hour and a half.
The purpose of this session is for you to be able to explain what you would like help with, ask questions, provide some background history and define your goals for therapy. We also discuss the most effective course of therapy, how it would work, what you can expect from us and what would be expected of you.
At the initial assessment we will be able to give you a more accurate idea of the duration and cost of your therapy.
Please fill in all the fields below. It may seem like we're asking for a lot of information but we will call you back to help decide the best course of action.